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LISD exhibit open at museum
Polk County Enterprise - April 2008
LIVINGSTON — The Polk County Memorial Museum has a new exhibit on “100 Years of Education” in Livingston. The Livingston Grade School was built in 1888 but did not offer high school work until 1906. There were three graduates in the fi rst graduating class of 1908. Miss Allie Garvey Bean was the only graduate in 1909. Featured in the museum’s exhibit is the original diploma, commencement program and the hand-written graduation speech given by Miss Garvey on May 27th, entitled “ Chasing a Butterfl y.” To compliment these items is a beautiful photograph of the girl graduate holding her diploma. The old program reveals that instrumental music was provided by the Livingston Band and a Chorus led by Edwin Gerlach.
There is an extensive collection of photographs from around 1888 to the present, consisting of school buildings, classes from the 1920’s and 30’s, football and basketball teams from the earliest school days and even girls tennis from 1918. There are several school sweaters, one which belongs to Ed Peebles who was a member of the 1933 undefeated team. The visitors can see early Pep Squad and Band Groups, Musical instruments, trophies and an old L.H.S. band uniform. There are old scrapbooks and school yearbooks as well as memory books and autograph books. Also displayed are old school books such as the Blue-Back Speller and the First Reader. A beautifully preserved prom dress from 1952 can be seen with photographs of the event. Curator Wanda Bobinger welcomes visitors to see the collections at 514 W. Mill Street. The Museum’s hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There will be an Open House Reception Sunday, April 20 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.. Everyone is invited